After overcoming a sluggish start, the Miami Hurricanes (1-0, 1-0 Home) men’s basketball team managed to hold off Stetson (0-1, 0-1 Away) in their NCAA opener.
Senior C Reggie Johnson lead the ‘Canes with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Miami, who trailed early on, managed a late push and held off the Hatters,’ 87-79.
On the night, five Miami Hurricanes’ scored in the double-digits:
C Reggie Johnson – 22 points, 11 rebounds
G Trey McKinney Jones – 14 points, 4 rebounds
G Shane Larkin – 13 points, 6 assists, 2 rebounds
F Kenny Kadji – 12 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists
G Rion Brown – 10 points, 2 assists
Miami was without without G Durand Scott, who was required to serve a six-game suspension from the NCAA for receiving impermissible benefits. With his absence against Stetson, Scott has two remaining games in which he must sit out.
Leading the Hatters’ was C Adam Pegg. Pegg totaled 22 points and 9 rebounds. G Aaron Graham added 21 points and G Chris Perez managed 12 points.
Miami struggled from behind the three-point line, going 7-21. On the contrary, the Hatters’ fared better from three-point range, draining 13-of-31 shots from behind the arc.
Stetson, who finished the 2011-12 season with a 9-20 record, held Miami within their sights for most of the night. With a little over 7 minutes remaining the the game, Miami held 13-point lead, one in which Stetson could not overcome.
The ‘Canes were picked to finish fourth in a loaded ACC, and despite a stunning exhibition loss to St. Leo, the ‘Canes know that their work is cut out for them.
Up next for Miami: Florida Gulf Coast Eagles, Nov. 13, 7:45 PM, Alico Arena